This week, the Lithgow community said farewell to John Barlow OAM.
Mr Barlow was remembered as a hard-working volunteer for the Lithgow RSL, as a volunteer in policing and for his work with the Lithgow Lions and Lions International dating back to 1977.
Lithgow Lions secretary Bill Neubeck said, while Mr Barlow retired from the group several years ago, he was remembered for his hard work in various club roles, including a stint as president and secretary, and for his drive as the chairman of the region's Lions International Drug Awareness Program from 2008 to 2014.
For his dedication in that role, he was awarded the James McLardie Award for outstanding service to the community.
A former National Service and army reservist member, Mr Barlow was always willing to lend a hand to anyone, Lithgow City RSL sub branch secretary Michael Cuthbert said.
"He was a good friend, a good mentor, and everyone will miss him badly," he said.
In 2017, the NSW Police Force honoured Mr Barlow for 20 years as a police volunteer.
After graduating from the Goulburn Police College in 1996, Mr Barlow served as a police volunteer in the Waratah, Sutherland and Chifley Local Area Commands, contributing over 8700 hours of his time.
Mr Barlow passed away peacefully at Lithgow Hospital on May 25, aged 83. He is survived by his wife Carol and is remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He was farewelled at a service at St Paul's Anglican Church on Wednesday, May 29.